Latest News:  
Beijing   Thundershower/Overcast    29 / 23 ℃  City Forecast

English>>Foreign Affairs

Ocean-lapped Japan wary of China's continental power

By Lian Degui (Global Times)

08:17, August 09, 2012

(Global Times/ Sun Ying)

Japan's foreign policy has seen some adjustments recently. Japan is stressing the importance of its alliance with the US, both regionally and globally.

As a result, Japan has taken a hard-line on the Diaoyu Islands. It also raised the issue of boosting military capabilities in the southwest island chains in its latest Defense White Paper, which considered China to be Japan's biggest security threat. Japan has also pushed forward military cooperation agreements with the Philippines and South Korea, though the process has encountered some setbacks.

These national strategic adjustments are linked to Japan's status as an oceanic nation, surrounded by the sea. Scholars of geopolitics have raised the idea that oceanic countries and continental countries naturally tend to confront each other.

The core of the idea is that oceanic countries form alliances to counter the threat of the greater land strength of continental countries by controlling the "rimland," the maritime fringe of a continent.

The sense of sea power, though challenged by the concepts of Greater East Asia and East Asian Cooperation after World War II, still plays an influential role in Japan.

In Japan's eyes, China, a continental country, will threaten the security of oceanic countries. Since the Democratic Party of Japan took office in 2009, it has defined China as "a matter of concern" for Asia and the international community.

Japan has also listed its southwest island chains closest to China as a key point for national defense, shifting its strategy southwestward. The chains include the Diaoyu Islands. That's why Japan has made a fuss in the region recently.

Meanwhile, Japan is trying to get closer to the US. Despite its size, the US is an oceanic country, projecting its power into the world's two great oceans, and there's a common diplomatic idea that oceanic countries should form an alliance to contend with continental countries.
More special coverages

More special coverages

【1】 【2】


Leave your comment0 comments

  1. Name


Selections for you

  1. Jet fighters: From J-5 to J-10

  2. Volcano erupts on New Zealand's North Island

  3. China has entered an era of low consumer prices

  4. Puppets battle it out on London stage

  5. North Korea beauty

  6. Polar bears play in zoo in Wuhan

Most Popular


  1. Who compels Annan to resign?
  2. How can Japan get rid of sense of frustration?
  3. Review on China's economic situation in first half
  4. Gaza Strip biggest loser of insecurity in Sinai
  5. Editorial: Test for Budget Law
  6. Why U.S. veteran go on shooting rampage?
  7. Officials, you are not above the people
  8. Editorial: Avoid big stimulus plan
  9. At a development crossroads
  10. Clinton visit won't affect China-Africa ties

What's happening in China

Man throws pet dog from 18th floor

  1. Most stores close after crackdown rumors
  2. Migrant children more likely to miss out on school
  3. Attitude toward sex, pregnancy changing
  4. Passengers rush onto tarmac after flight delay
  5. Accidents in mines covered up in July

China Features

  1. Why Hollywood favores China's actresses?
  2. Dongfeng Honda to recall 76,000 CR-Vs
  3. How to protect yourself during heavy rainstorms?
  4. Are synthetic drugs toxic?
  5. Amway vitamin C tablets short in weight

PD Online Data

  1. Spring Festival
  2. Chinese ethnic odyssey
  3. Yangge in Shaanxi
  4. Gaoqiao in Northern China
  5. The drum dance in Ansai